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KCTCS Board of Regents approves budget, employee raises

Full-time employees to get a 1%, or $1,000, salary increase

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.  (June 12, 2015) — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents today approved a 2015-16 budget of $888,114,300 during its quarterly meeting at Hopkinsville Community College. The budget includes a 1 percent or $1,000 salary increase—whichever is greater—for full-time faculty and staff.

kctcs-1The 2015-16 budget amount represents a $36 million reduction from the prior year due to a decline in state funding, the decision not to raise tuition and a decrease in enrollment due to the improving economy. Since 2007-08, KCTCS has experienced state budget cuts totaling $38.5 million. And similar to community colleges nationally, KCTCS enrollment runs counter-cyclical to the economy so as the economy improves and more jobs become available many adult students reenter the workforce.

The approved recurring salary increase will apply to each regular full-time KCTCS faculty/staff member employed before April 1, 2015 who meets the required performance evaluation standard.

The board also:

  • Elected Marcia Roth as chair, Gail Henson as vice chair and Betsy E. Flynn as secretary for 2015-17
  • Approved or ratified 20 certificate programs and three associate programs:
 Associate in fine arts in digital cinematic arts for Bluegrass Community and Technical College; Associate in applied science in electrical technology for Gateway Community and Technical College; and an associate in applied science in supply chain management for Gateway Community and Technical College.
  • Approved 15,874 academic credential requests (certificates, diplomas or associate degrees) between Jan. 13, 2015 and April 13, 2015. 
(8,938 candidates for certificates,
1,161 candidates for diplomas and
 5,775 candidates for associate degrees.)